TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Living in Taipei will become more expensive for those who enjoy playing team sports in the city’s waterfront parks after the city government starts charging for the use of 53 courts in March.
The Taipei Sports Department said that from March 1, the city will begin charging various riverside parks for the use of softball, football and rugby fields as well as lighting for night games.
The charge for a baseball or softball field is NT $ 270 (US $ 9.3) per hour with an additional NT $ 400 per hour for lighting at night, CNA reported.
The rental fee for a football field for 11 players is NT $ 260 per hour with an additional NT $ 300 per hour for lighting, while for the rental of a football field for five or seven players , the charges are NT $ 190 per hour with an additional NT $ 250. for lighting per hour.
The cost of a rugby field is NT $ 240 with an additional NT $ 250 per hour for lighting.
A system for renting lighting installations is expected to be in place in April and EasyCard will be used to pay for and operate the lights, the office said. Until then, payments will have to be made through the room reservation system.
Facilities with lighting will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, while those without lighting will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The department said Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) ordered the department to start billing last year to prevent the fields from being freely used for commercial purposes.
For more information, please refer to the department website.